Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy Granola Bars

After making my own protein bars last month, I have been really wanting to have a go at making some homemade granola bars. Yesterday was the first part of my dissertation defense. And yes, I passed! Yay! Now to just finish my analyses and writing the results up, and then one more final defense and I will be D.O.N.E.! So anyway, when you do a defense, it’s wise to bring some snacks for your committee members. A hungry committee member is not a good thing, folks. My defense was at 10am so I didn’t want to bring anything that was too sweet. Homemade granola bars it was!

I loooooove these bars! Like, I am never going to buy them again. I love that these bars do not contain any added sugar or corn syrup. They are also no-bake! Gotta always love that!

Unfortunately because I was busy prepping for my defense the day before, I didn’t get around to making these until late and wanted to slice them up before bed so I didn’t have to worry about it in the morning. So, I attempted to cut my bars after about 3 hours and I think that was too soon as some kind of fell apart. Doh! So, I recommend letting them set for a good 4 hours or overnight before slicing them up.

Buttermilk Spice Muffins

Buttermilk Spice Muffins

Writing my dissertation is slowly turning me into a hermit. Every day is starting to look the same. Get out of bed, try to get a work out in, shower, and straight to the computer I go. I have been living in yoga pants. I can’t even remember the last time I wore real pants. Occasional trips to the grocery store and Chipotle have been my only exposure to the outside world. Poor husband, I’m being so neglectful and I look like a crazy person every day. At least I put a little make up on. I think that hides some of the craziness.

But, look, I took a little break to make you these muffins! If you’ve ever been to Mimi’s Cafe, you know that they have some seriously awesome muffins. One of my faves is their buttermilk spice muffin. So simple, yet so delicious. I love all the cinnamon and nutmeg. Lucky for me, Mimi’s shared their recipe on their website. Of course, in typical Stephanie fashion, I lightened up their recipe for y’all by cutting the fat and sugar. I think these muffins are pretty fab. The crunchy walnut topping is so delicious and gives the muffin some texture. Take that, Mimi’s!



With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I wanted to share another favorite family recipe.

This biscotti recipe comes from my great-grandmother. Recipes that come from great-grandmothers rock. This recipe is so comforting to me and always reminds me of home and family. They are so simple, but are always a favorite in the house during the holidays. Some people like to get really creative with different biscotti flavors, but my favorite is always the more plain, traditional version.

While we make our Italian Biscuit cookies every Easter, we make biscotti for every holiday. I love biscotti because it is not very sweet. We like to sit around the table and dip them in our coffee for dessert after spending a long day in the kitchen cooking. It’s also possible that they make a great breakfast with your morning coffee…

This post is dedicated to two of my favorite moms. The best mommy and grandma a girl could ask for! Happy Mother’s Day Mom and Grandma! Thank you for teaching me all of these fantastic recipes that I will be sure to carry forward for years to come!

And I hope all you other moms out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day as well!

Coconut Honey Ice Cream

Coconut Honey Ice Cream

O.M.G. I think I just died and went to coconut heaven.

I think I am going to live in the container of this ice cream. Yeah, sure, it will be cold, but I’ll get over it. I’ll wear a parka.

This ice cream doesn’t contain any egg yolks or cream so I don’t know if it technically qualifies as ice cream since you don’t have to make a custard, but skipping that process makes this so much easier to prepare. It is so light and creamy with a touch of sweetness from the honey. It’s almost like frozen whipped cream. And it’s dairy-free!


I used one can of light coconut milk and a can of regular coconut milk to cut the fat down, but if you want it to be a thicker and creamier consistency, then use two cans of regular coconut milk. You can try using two cans of light coconut milk, but the ice cream might not be as creamy.

Chicken and Bacon Panini with Spicy Chipotle Mayo

Chicken and Bacon Panini with Spicy Chipotle Mayo

One of my husband’s most favorite things in the world are “hot and toasty sandwiches.” Yes, that is a direct quote. If you have ever been to Brio, they have this chicken panini with spicy mayo that is really tasty. My husband loves it and I figured it would be pretty easy to replicate at home and I was right! I know I was right because throughout the rest of the night, Hubs said multiple times how much he liked the sandwich. The key to this sandwich is really the spicy chipotle mayo. It’s where all the flavor is at. I like to make it in bigger batches so we can use it throughout the week for other sandwiches or burgers.

Hot and toasty sandwiches win his heart. I think the next time I want to buy a new Coach bag, I am going to stuff him with hot and toasty sandwiches first. He’ll be sure to say yes…

Hot, toasty, bacon, chicken, spicy chipotle mayo. What’s not to like?!

I tried to lighten up my version by using turkey bacon, reduced-fat cheese, and reduced-fat mayo made with olive oil. But, you could really use anything you want to use for this.

Cinco de Mayo Recipe Round-Up

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Fridayyyy…J/K

Hopefully you all have some fantastic plans for Cinco de Mayo this weekend. Me? Well, as you know, I am chained to my desk and computer working on this dissertation! But, I will at least try to make some good eats for me and Hubs!

No new recipe today, but I thought I would share some yummy recipes that I think would be perfect for your last-minute Cinco de Mayo menu!

Let’s start with the best part…drinks!

1. Skinny Raspberry Margaritas
2. Peach Grapefruit Sangria


1. Strawberry Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
2. The Best Dang Guacamole


1. Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos
2. Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing
3. Skinny Chicken Enchiladas
4. Cilantro Lime grilled Chicken Tacos

I hope you enjoy these recipes and have a great weekend!